Second Radio and AIS Transponder

  •  5/3/2018
  •   Friedrichsen, John
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I have been wanting to have a second radio for a while now.  The boat came with the Garmin suite of products.  I wanted to have another brand of radio because I have had some issues with the existing radio.  At the same time, I wanted to add an AIS transceiver.  I already had the AIS receive, but I also wanted to transmit our position.   I ended up adding a Vesper marine unit that sends the receive data over the NMEA 2000network and also over NMEA 0183 to the new Standard Horizon Radio.  While I...
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Moving of upper Dinghy Mounting Rods

  •  3/1/2018
  •   Friedrichsen, John
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This is not my idea.  I saw it on Tugnuts.  Someone had moved the mounting rods for the dinghy to the hardtop to open up the swimstep area.  I thought that was a great idea.   I purchased a length of 7/16 by 14 rod cut to length and welded on a nut to the end.  I then painted the rod and welded nut and extended the mounting rods.  My plan is to purchase some stainless rod if I can find it and use a stainless rod coupling.  So far I have been unable to find locally so will have to do some online...
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Stern Tie Reel Mounting Option

  •  3/1/2018
  •   Friedrichsen, John
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My first attempt at mounting the stern tie reel was to utilize the bracket that is in the middle of the hardtop that is used to mount the ratchet system to pull up the dinghy.  It worked, but, when rewinding the reel a lot of water and floating debris fell off the reel and fell on the transom seat and cockpit table.  My second idea is to utilize the fishing pole holder and simply drop the reel on a pvc pipe assembly that I made up.  It is very simple, takes up very little room when not used.   ...
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Cockpit Enclosure for 2016 and up Ranger Tug 31 CB

  •  1/2/2018
  •   Friedrichsen, John
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Jeff on Wallowa had a customer enclosure made for his R31.  It works very well,  stays quite dry and really extends the living area.  We have played cards several evening and it is amazing how much warmer is stays in the cockpit when the sides are down.   Here are some exterior shots. Some interior shots....
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Shaft Alignment

  •  12/21/2017
  •   Friedrichsen, John
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Our engine has about 370 hours on it so I am definitely overdue for a shaft alignment.  Good thing I did because it definitely needed adjustment. When checking the space between the shaft and reverse gear flanges the most you want to .010 inches.  This is measured with a feeler gauge.  Ours was out about .014.  When checking you want to check the top bottom, starboard, and port sides of the flange.   The port/starboard alignment was a bit off but the biggest problem was top to bottom.   I previ...
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